May 24, 2012, 7:26 AM
Post #17 of 22
A worth-the-read article in the May 24th online Washington Post is entitled "Mexico's two major crime cartels now at war." The article supports Mevale's "controlling the plaza" argument.
Innocents are now frequent targets, in order to terrorize the population and taunt the Calderon government, asserts the article. "“What was once viewed as extreme is now normal. So these gangs must find new extremes. And the only real limit is their imagination, and you do not want to know what is the limit of psychopaths,” said Alejandro Hope, a security analyst with the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, a nonpartisan think tank.."
Not specifically noted, but probably the worst fear of a kingpin narco is neither death nor a porous Mexican jail, but extradition to a U.S. federal penitentiary:
Those arrested for massacres are never tried in open court, the records are almost impossible to obtain, and most are never put before a judge but sent to jail and eventually released. Mexico’s prosecution rate for homicides is low.
The article argues that the election of front running PRI presidential candidate, pledged more to lower violence than to suppress drug trafficking, could result in particular in confrontation with the Zetas:
This would put Peña Nieto squarely against the Zetas, who specialize more in carjacking, kidnapping, extortion and smuggling migrants than in smuggling cocaine and marijuana.
Note that the PAN federal government, under President Calderon, has been accused at times of favoring the more disciplined, less warlike Sinaloa gang headed by "Chapo" Guzman, against the Zetas.
( See: http://www.washingtonpost.com/...U_story.html?hpid=z1
(This post was edited by Rolly on May 24, 2012, 8:17 AM)